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New essay: Seven theses on the Fediverse and the becoming of FLOSS

Recently, @rra and I have been working on an essay highlighting questions about the and how these are getting entangled with practices. From software production to structure and governance within alternative social media, online communities and politics.

The text follows a multi theses model, to map the different things we've been looking at and publish the current state of our research.

It is the closing chapter of a new publication from INC/Transmediale (networkcultures.org/blog/publi)

PDF of the text: monoskop.org/images/c/cc/Manso

Feedback welcome. We're planning to publish an online version with more references!

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The final ROM of What Remains is out! πŸŽ‰πŸŽŠ

What Remains is an 8-bit interactive fiction and adventure video game for the about environmental issues, the manipulation of public opinion, and whistleblowing.

iodinedynamics.com/whatremains

Tiny Mining Sweatshop at V2_, Lab for the Unstable Media, Free in 19/20 March 2020

"During the inaugural Tiny Mining sweatshop, participants will collectively and practically explore the potentials for exploration and extraction. We will devise and document experimental protocols for improving yields and facilitating the testing and extraction of and from within the human . We will explore the ethical and political implications of the negotiation of individual rights and claims and encourage the construction of alternative belief systems, facilitating the adoption of Tiny Mining as a widespread cultural practice."

more info: tinymining.me 1010.co.uk

booking: please contact m@1010.co.uk

A few weeks ago we published a follow-up article about the solar.lowtechmagazine.com project: "How sustainable is a solar powered website?"

The article is a very extensive research into the embedded energy costs of this setup and how to lower that. Additionally we have some statistics on visitors (865k unique), energy use (18.1 KWh) and uptime (98.2%) after more than a year of operation and what conclusions to draw from that.

There is quite some overcapacity in the system, so to increase our efficiency one approach would be to host multiple servers on that off-grid solar system. But that is scaling up. Instead the solution we opted for is seeing how we can do the same with smaller batteries, smaller solar panel and hosting more sites on the same machine. To that end we've started migrating , and language sites to the solar server as well.

Anyway here is the whole thing with all the details!

solar.lowtechmagazine.com/2020

It is time for a new special issue of the Pervasive Labour Union zine! This issue, prepared by the collective Precademics 85.42.1, brings experiences of precarity in Greek academia to the fore.

"This is an attention-seeking act of Greek academic unions to make public and visible the precarious conditions they find themselves in. Far from being an academic aporia by our Greek colleagues, this is the past and future of academia itself." Leandros Kyriakopoulos

ilu.servus.at/category/14-spec

New essay: Seven theses on the Fediverse and the becoming of FLOSS

Recently, @rra and I have been working on an essay highlighting questions about the and how these are getting entangled with practices. From software production to structure and governance within alternative social media, online communities and politics.

The text follows a multi theses model, to map the different things we've been looking at and publish the current state of our research.

It is the closing chapter of a new publication from INC/Transmediale (networkcultures.org/blog/publi)

PDF of the text: monoskop.org/images/c/cc/Manso

Feedback welcome. We're planning to publish an online version with more references!

this is an old piece of code to visualize the semantic relations between word embeddings and some of their implicit bias:
embeddings.gitlab.io/#woman,ho
(it may take some time to load)

I wrote a piece on , noise-canceling technology, orphic and people as push notifications for Real Life Magazine: reallifemag.com/the-other-as-n

P.S. A big influence for this text was the book 'Hush' by Mack Hagood; make sure to check it out!

rx, the minimalist pixel editor v0.4.0 is out! πŸ‘Ύ

Linux binary: https://rx.cloudhead.io/#binaries

Changes:

* Command history with <up>/<down> arrows
* Command-line <tab> completion on files and directories
* New command `:wq` to write and quit
* Much lower CPU usage when no user input

The County Carlow Environmental Network () is putting on a Film Festival in partnership with .

Four nights from February to May to view these documentary pieces helping us to understand the origins and impacts of climate change.

Screenings are free to attend, for last minute details check: ccen.ie/environmental-film-fes

Tomorrow at Varia we will be having an evening of documentary watching, thoughtful debate and musical performance!
We will be screening the documentaries "Alles Flex?" and "Call me Intern", both of which reflect on the devastating consequences caused by the ongoing flexibilization of both housing and work. To further clarify and present these topics, Abel Heijkamp, one of the filmmakers responsible for "Alles Flex?" and member of Bondprecaire Woonvormen, has kindly agreed to be present for a Q&A and conversation.

The second part of the program will be secured by Sam Kreuk, who will be presenting his solo project, City Dragon.

Time: 17h30
Location: Varia, Gouwstraat 3 (Rotterdam)

vvvvvvaria.org/en/alles-flex-c

1. Go to a page
2. Get the images
3. Pick a random href from the page
4. Lather, rinse, repeat

(found in old mess of backup folders from 2011)

"What Remains", released some months ago for the venerable Nintendo #NES (1986) is no less than *excellent*! <3

https://iodinedynamics.itch.io/whatremains

An interactive fiction/adventure game about: environment, disinformation, whistleblowing, feminism, hacking (also lockpicking!), organizing, etc.

It's funny and deep. The characters are so cool! Great politics! Spot on! <3

Oh, and fantastic music! Some wild #chiptune epic!

Gameplay is friendly, never (too) punitive. Had to play it to the end!

<3 <3 <3

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